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The Dent County Commissioners regular meeting was held Monday morning at the Dent County Courthouse. In the road report, District One Commissioner Dennis Purcell stated that the workers would be cleaning off the bus routes and removing snow from some roads. They would also be grading some of the hills for better traction. Purcell said that workers would also be repairing the front pump on the brush cutter. In District 2, Commissioner Gary Larson said that sand would be spread out on Dent County Roads 2120, 4430, 5280, 5290 and 5340. He went on to say that the grader blade was going to be changed out on grader #28, and maintenance work was going to be done on graders 25 and 27. He reported that the rabies alert for Dent County has been lifted as of December 21st
, but rabies is still a problem in the area. The alert was lifted as the level of rabies found in the animals tested has decreased. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles said that he would be meeting with Dent County Emergency Management Director Brad Nash today to do a conference call with SEMA to see if there may be some money available to upgrade the emergency management operation centers. He said that the commissioners would continue to work on the budget as well. Dent County Clerk Angie Curley said that propane bids were taken by phone for the courthouse and Ferrellgas had the low price of $1.95 a gallon and that was approved by the commission. She is also preparing work budgets for the commissioners. At 10:00, Mayor Gary Brown from the City of Salem came by to discuss with the county a bill for the jailing of city arrest victims. The outstanding bill is for $28,477. Dent County Prosecutor Brandi Baird stated that the agreement between the city and county from 1998 allowed the county to bill the city $35 per day for prisoners, and in 2005 that was raised to $40 per day. There have been disputes about the charges as in the past the charges were done on day by day basis, that is if a prisoner was arrested at 11:50 at night and incarcerated, the city would be billed the ten minutes remaining in that day as a whole day, and would then be billed the next day as a whole day as well. Since Sheriff Rick Stallings has taken office, there has been a “gentleman’s agreement” that a day would now be 24 hours from the time of arrest. Baird said that agreement needs to be in writing between the city and county. The mayor asked for some relief from the bill and the sheriff’s department is going to review the charges and present their findings at a future meeting. The next meeting of the Dent County Commissioners will be held Thursday morning at 9:00 at the courthouse and the meeting is open to the public.
The Salem Police Department was doing a well being check on a resident in Salem and contacted the Dent County Coroner’s office. Dent County Coroner Gina White pronounced 23-year old Billy Joel Richmond of Salem dead at 12:13 Monday morning. No autopsy was performed as a toxicology was sent to the AIT Laboratory. The conclusion as to the reason for the death was suicide.
The Top of the Ozarks Resource Conservation and Development, in partnership with USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service and Missouri Department of Conservation, invites you to attend a forum entitled, “After the Storm Managing Your Forest after a Natural Disaster” that will be held on Thursday, January 14th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Salem Telecenter located in Salem TCRC at 1200 West Rolla Road in Salem, and then again on Tuesday, January 26th from 7:00 to 9:00 at the Inter-ounty Electric in Licking located at 102 Maple Avenue. Ice and windstorms in recent years have severely damaged the timber resource in much of the Ozarks. The future income potential of many forests has been drastically impacted. The forum will detail available forestry and wildlife programs and financial assistance available. To make sure of adequate seating and materials, pre-register by calling (417) 967-2028, Ext 5.
The Salem Lady Tigers moved to 2-0 in the SCA with a 44-36 win over Cabool Monday night. Salem was led in scoring by Jennifer Herndon with 15 points and Danielle Connell netted 13 for the Lady Tigers who are now 8-5 on the year. Salem will host the Willow Springs Lady Bears Thursday night.
The Salem Boys Basketball Tigers will be in Sullivan tonight to face the Eagles in non-conference action. The JV will start things out at 6:00 with the varsity game to follow. You can hear the game on KSMO and online at ksmoradio.com.
The Salem Boys game with St. Clair snowed out last Friday has been rescheduled for February 3rd at the Salem High School Gym.
The St. Louis Blues will host the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight starting at 7:00 on KSMO. KSMO will break away from the game for Salem Basketball, then air the third period on a taped delayed basis.
Mark McGwire has admitted to using steroids. The slugger who first broke the hallowed home run record of 61 with 70 in 1998 has finally admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs. McGwire had been out of the public eye since his March 2005 appearance before a Congressional hearing on steroids in baseball when he said he wasn't going to talk about the past. He was hired as the hitting coach for the St. Louis Cardinals last October and on Monday released a statement through the team, detailing years of steroid use during his playing career. A portion of that time frame was during the 1998 season, when he and Chicago Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa helped revive baseball with the historic chase of Roger Maris' home run record. McGwire cited his new position with the St. Louis organization as cause for the admission. The statement included a timeline for the use starting with the 1989/1990 offseason, 1993 and "on occasion throughout the nineties, including during the 1998 season."
The Kansas City Royals signed veteran right-handed relief pitcher Matt Herges to a minor-league deal on Monday. In 567 career games -- four starts -- the 11-year veteran is 43-35 with 34 saves to go along with a 3.91 ERA for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Montreal, San Diego, San Francisco, Arizona, Florida, Colorado and Cleveland.
Funeral services for Jerry Wayne Bradshaw of St. James, age 57, will be held Wednesday at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Anutt Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Jerry Bradshaw funeral expenses.
Memorial services for Edythe (Edyie) Gable of Rolla, formerly of Salem, age 84, will be held Thursday at 11:00 at the First Assembly of God Church in Rolla. Memorials may be made to the First Assembly of God Church in Rolla.
Funeral services for Billy Joel Richmond of Salem, age 23, will be held Thursday at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Green Forest Cemetery. Memorials may be mage to the New Harmony Church.
Memorial services for Doris Jones of St. James, age 93, will be held Thursday at 6:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 the day of the services.
Today..Mostly cloudy in the morning, partly cloudy by the afternoon, high of 39.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low around 20.
Wednesday..Mostly sunny, high of 48.
Wednesday night..Mostly clear, low near 30.
Thursday..Partly sunny early, then becoming mostly cloudy, high around 50.
Thursday night..Mostly cloudy, low of 32.